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Guantánamo Bay: Beyond the Law's Reach



Raleigh, NC - Nearly 50 concerned citizens attended "Guantánamo Bay: Beyond the Law's Reach?" a Nov. 14 event aimed at once to:

Raise funds for the costs associated with three NC attorneys' volunteer efforts to represent Sharifullah, and other Guantánamo detainees; and

To educate the community about the plight and human condition of Sharifullah and other detainees.

Saifullah Paracha

Saifullah Paracha, 62, is a Pakistani national.  He traveled to the US to study when he was 26 years old and remained there with his family for approximately 10 years before returning to Pakistan to set up an export business.

Paracha was scheduled to fly to Thailand for a business meeting on in July 2003, but when he arrived at the Bangkok airport on July 6, he was seized, hooded, and cuffed, thrown into the back of a vehicle and taken to an unknown location where he was held for a few days, blindfolded, with his ears covered and his hands and legs cuffed.


Current status: 
Not cleared, no charges

Sharifullah is among 12 Guantánamo prisoners whom the Obama administration repatriated on December 20.  Read the article, US sends 12 Gitmo detainees to their home nations.

WANTED: Executive Director for torture truth commission

The North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture is hiring a full-time Executive Director.

Thanks to Open Society Foundations, as well as North Carolina congregations and individuals, the Commission has the funding to gear up.  We're planning a public launch after Labor Day.

Please circulate the job description to anyone you think may be interested.

North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 2017

We are pleased to announce that the North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture (NCCIT) will be held in Raleigh, NC, on November 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., continuing December 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Please support the commission’s work with a donationTo attend the commission, read more and register here.

Long-awaited Report by North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture Released

A commission of inquiry was held on November 30 to December 1, 2017.  The report is complete and is being released on September 27, 2018.  Read more here.  NCCIT seeks prosecution based on the evidence gathered by the commission.